Orchestra - Tony Matthews: Your Composer of Note

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Twinkle Variations Duration 8'
This work won the UK Songwriting Contest in 2008. It's always fascinating what different composers make of the same source material. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

This piece was commissioned  by "The Learning Orchestra", an amateur orchestra, who tackle "proper" works such as Beethoven Symphonies. They gave it's first performance in September 2007.

It has since be performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and also, I believe, others as well.
2 x Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn
2 x Hn, Tpt: 1 x Tbn
Cym, Tri, TD, Sn Dr
2 x Timp.
Strings
Resolution "D" Duration 10'

A Classical Pastiche. However, don't be fooled by the classical opening.... it's a somewhat dramatic, concert overture, with nods to a more modern take on harmony.
2 x Fl (1 doubling Picc)
2 x Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn
4 x Hn, 2 x Tpt:
3 x Tbn, 1 x Tba
1 x Cym, 2 x Timp.
Strings

Written to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "The Learning Orchestra". It's due to be premiered in 2017 in London, in the UK.

It starts with the strings on open strings and the wind playing a BAG tune, the sort of tune that beginners play. This material is then transformed into so much more, giving the players a glorious, fun and satisfying piece to play to mark that they, too, are now so much more than just beginners.
1 x Picc
2 x Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn
2 x Hn, Tpt, Tbn,
1 x B.Tbn
1 x Cym, Tri
2 x Timp.
Strings
Puppet Symphony Duration 11'
Written for a players of the  "The Intermediate Learning Orchestra". to give them something to play that didn't sound baroque and had some meat to it and hopefully be interesting to play without placing onerous  technical demands on the players. The third movement is quite delightful.

Exciting, dynamic, mysterious, glorious...
2 x Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn
1 x Hn, Tpt, Tbn
Strings
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